Guest Post: David Vermont, author of The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot

Currently, we are participating in a blog tour for the book The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot by David Vermont. This is the first installment in the series of posts. Please welcome David Vermont to the blog!


David Vermont Talks about Making Vampires Evil Again
All readers wonder where authors get their story ideas. David Vermont, author of The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot admits that it was the storyof Judas as a vampire that kept invading his thoughts.


David: "I was halfway through my first attempt on a different book when the story of
Judas as a vampire kept invading thoughts. At first I resisted, what if I got halfway
through Judas and then couldn't finish? Then I would have two books half done
and nothing to show for it. I put aside my other book and began writing The Last
Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot. It was the best decision I made.
In The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot, I try to present theology in an
interesting way through the narrative. I think there is a lot to be said about theology
using fiction. Theology is the deepest of studies, especially if you challenge the
reader with hard theology, not the wishy-washy feel good theology of modernism."




Good v. Evil
"I love discussing good v. evil, faith v. works, and symbol v. sacrament, etc. I think
people should talk about God and the things that surround him. If money were no
object, I would definitely give the book away, in the hope of starting more of these
conversations and creating the buzz needed to sell more books.
The Last Confession of The Vampire Judas Iscariot is a novel that follows Judas the
betrayer of Jesus. After Judas commits suicide he is raised from the dead by the
devil. However, since the devil cannot do true miracles Judas is not truly alive but
he’s not dead either, he is undead – a vampire. Judas becomes the devils apostle
and works for him down through history. He leads many lives to help bring the
devil’s plans to fruition. You see Judas in ancient Rome, medieval Europe and Nazi
Germany. The man part of the novel takes place in modern day New York City when
Judas meets and confronts a former Catholic priest."


Making Vampires Evil Again
"I wrote the book because I wanted to make vampires evil again. In today’s modern
mythology only beautiful people become vampires and it’s not a punishment for
embracing evil but a reward for being cool. Freed from pain, suffering, disease,
old age and death today's vampire characters live the best human lives – the lives
we would all want to live. They have plenty of time to get rich, learn music, art
and history. They have loving friends and families and life is an endless party. In
contrast, when today’s stories show evil vampires they lose all humanity. They
become grotesque animals that cannot control their thirst for blood. They are little
more than animals that are mowed down by the stories hero who, almost always, is
seeking revenge for a great injustice done to him by the vampires. I wanted to write
a book about what a truly evil vampire would look like. An evil but also broken figure
who had a plan and used his supernatural ability to accomplish it."




About The Last Confession of Judas Iscariot 
Of all the people who ever lived, surely Judas Iscariot, history’s most notorious
betrayer, must be in hell. Or maybe not. After watching the crucifixion of Jesus,
Judas despairs over what he has done and fumes that the Messiah he put his trust in
has turned out to be just another pretender like all the rest. The toxic mix of emotions is
too much for him to bear and Judas commits suicide by hanging himself. He is
restored to life by the Devil and made into a vampire apostle. The Devil teaches
Judas to manipulate men and history. He becomes a king, a general, a teacher and a
blacksmith, whatever is needed to effect the outcome of history and move it towards
the goal of his new master. Each time he is ready to move on to his next incarnation
he must drink the blood of an innocent victim to be restored to his youthful vigor.
But despite his many powers and abilities Judas knows there is one thing
he desires and cannot have. Finally Judas meets a laicized priest, Raymond Breviary,
and tries to steal from him what he was denied two thousand years before.

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About David Vermont

Born and raised in New York City, David B. Vermont now lives in Alexandria, VA with
his wife and four kids. An attorney and accomplished litigator at one of Washington D.C.’s
top law firms, he began writing about religion when he was asked to author a series of articles
explaining the Catholic faith on the popular blog 52 Prayers.  He now writes regularly about
his faith as the leader of an online Bible study group. The Last Confession of The Vampire Judas Iscariot is his first foray into fiction.

His website is: davidvermont.com

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